NASA pushes back Mars rover again, citing 'launch vehicle processing delays'

Nasa Mars rover Perseverance launch pushed back again

The US delayed the launch window of its own Peseverance probe - its fifth Mars rover mission - three times over the past month due to technical issues.

Now there is not much time left for the launch and beginning of the mission Mars 2020.

The Tianwen-1 Mars rover is scheduled to blast off from Hainan island, off China's south coast, between July 20 - 25, according to the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. This data was reported during a practice session. NASA claims that this delay occurred due to processing problems with the launch vehicle.

The issue that led to the latest delay is associated with the rocket that is supposed to launch Perseverance. Two weeks later, the agency said "a contamination concern in the ground support lines" in a payload processing facility would push the launch back two additional days, to July 22. The launch for Mars was earlier planned for July 22 but has been pushed back to July 30 or later.

'The launch windows will last approximately between 30 minutes and two hours, with a unique launch opportunity every five minutes'.

The Mars rover was originally pencilled in to launch on July 17. Mars 2020 is the beginning of a Mars Sample Return campaign that will feature two missions launching in 2026 to collect the samples, launch them into Martian orbit and return them to Earth.

NASA teams are also exploring another extension if possible.

The Mars 2020 mission has been slated to liftoff this summer ever since the agency announced the project in December 2012.

One of NASA's ambitious missions includes sending astronauts to Mars, with the launch taking off from the Moon.

As well as the pressure to meet the relatively tight launch window, there are other significant challenges involved in preparing for a mission to Mars.

Perseverance will also study the Red Planet's geology and test how astronauts on future Mars missions could produce oxygen from Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The Perseverance rover will land on Mars to lookup out indications of previous microbial lifestyle, if it at any time existed.

The Perseverance rover is almost complete, but NASA has been forced to delay the launch yet again.

'When we see the landscape at Jezero Crater for the first time and we truly begin to realise the scientific bounty before us, the fun really begins'.

In 2019, it sent the Yutu-2 rover to the far side of the lunar surface in a world first, and has also touted its cooperation with the European Space Agency.

'It appears they didn't listen to us, ' Bridenstine said.

The Perseverance rover is an important equipment for Mars exploration.



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